Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Council redistricting process begins with Tuesday public hearing

Tuesday, Aug. 24

La Mirada-  The first in a series of public hearings will be held tonight by the city council as the redistricting process begins to determine boundaries for the five council districts as required by state law every ten years. 

Tonight's hearing and a second hearing on Sept. 28 will allow the city council to gather public comment on redrawing districts before the map-drawing process begins.

The city is contracting with National Demographics Corporation (NDC) to assist with the process. NDC will examine 2020 census data when neighborhood demographic data is available in October to determine if the current district boundaries are diluting or dividing any protected groups and the current population in each district.

If NDC determines that the current districts still comply with the Voter Rights Act and the population in each district is close to the same the city council can choose to retain the current boundaries until 2030 or have new maps drawn up for consideration.

If significant boundary changes are necessary, a complete redistricting process will be conducted.

NDC would create a demographic database utilizing interactive mapping that will be used to draw boundaries for two to four suggested districts for the city council to consider. 

If a full redistricting process is conducted the public will be able to use the online mapping tools and submit suggestions for council consideration. NDC will that all suggestions submitted by the public to ensure compliance with the federal Voter Rights Act if adopted.

Tonight's city council meeting gets underway at 6:30 p.m.

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